Brussels sprouts, to be honest, do have something of an image problem. One of the greatest Christmas cliches is that kids (and some adults) won't eat them. You know how it goes.
"Eat your sprouts dear", you say in your most cheerful voice.
Child pulls pouty face.
"No Christmas Pudding unless you eat your sprouts!"
To your relief your child starts to attack the sprouts with great gusto - until you notice that they are being mashed but not eaten.
"Sorry, hiding them under your knife and fork doesn't count."
"I'm not eating them, they're nasty" replies junior, sulking.
"Just one then. Just eat one sprout. You have to eat one sprout on Christmas Day."
Let's face it, they're one of those foods which you tend to grow to appreciate more as an adult than you do as a child.
However they are a fantastic food; 1/2 cup of Brussels sprouts contains 80% of the Recommend Daily Allowance of Vitamin C, so if you can get your children to eat sprouts they will be eating something really healthy as well as enjoying their Christmas dinner.
It'll soon be Halloween so time to prepare some yummy treats for the neighbourhood kids. Try dipping Brussels sprouts in chocolate for them. pic.twitter.com/HFXGA9vFSV— Mark Sparrow (@Markgsparrow) October 24, 2016
Fun Fact: Brussels Sprouts are so called because they were very popular in Brussels, Belgium from the 13th century. However they probably originated around the Mediterranean and are thought to have been cultivated in ancient Rome.
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